Mexico: Bible Transcribed in Record Time at Adventist University
The timer stopped at 59 minutes, 52 seconds, and a fraction of a second. It was a record that bolted more than 2,150 individuals out of their seats with a shout after transcribing the entire Bible. The activity took place at Montemorelos University—a Seventh-day Adventist-operated institution in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico—on November 24, 2012.
The historic event was part of the institution’s seventieth anniversary of offering an Adventist Christian education.
OFFICIAL RECORD: Alejandro Zepeda, notary public of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico displays the total time of 59:52 minutes it took for the Bible to be transcribed by hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist leaders, students, and faculty at Montemorelos University, in Mexico, on November 24, 2012. The historic event is expected to be registered in Guinness World Records, and was one of many commemorative activities in celebration of the university’s 70 years of existence.Dressed in commemorative T-shirts with the number 70 printed on them, students, faculty, alumni, and community members and visitors each copied 20 to 25 verses at the gymnasium, an event that is expected to be officially recorded in Guinness World Records, organizers said.
“The objective of the event was to emphasize the value of the Bible as a foundation of the Adventist educational system,” said Juan Jose Andrade, director of Mexico’s Ellen White Research Center and organizer of the event.
Alejandro Zepeda, a notary public, verified the time and performed the legal documentation to register the record-breaking time.
Montemorelos mayor Gerardo Alanis and his wife, Minerva, were present during the historic event. “I feel God is here,” said Mayor Alanis.
Israel Leito, president of the church in Inter-America, congratulated the university via telephone for the Bible-focused initiative.
Seventh-day Adventist ministers from throughout Mexico also participated in transcribing the Bible.
The comprehensive initiative was suggested by a student and grew to involve more than 20 coordinators for three months and some 85 assistants to guide the transcribers, organizers said.
Stacy Olmedo, a 20-year-old communication student, transcribed Genesis 23 and the first four verses of chapter 24. “I was so excited to be part of this,” she said. “It took a lot of concentration, and I liked it very much, even though I had only some 24 verses to write.”
“Personally speaking, it helped my spiritual life and made me more aware of the significance of God’s Word,” said Jency Cordova, a medical student.
“It was a great privilege,” said Jaime Blanco, school services director. “All of us who participated were able to enjoy reviewing a portion of the Word of God.”
Jorge Manrique, director of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, his wife, and two sons were delighted to be together to copy verses. “As a family, it was a gratifying experience that reaffirmed our commitment in communion with God and reading of the Bible,” said Manrique. “We felt so excited to be part of this project and were able to identify with the ancient transcribers.” He added, “That encourages us and reaffirms for us that the Bible is the only true source, the Word of God.”
Once the transcriptions were complete and the timer was stopped, all transcribed pages were compiled and bound in the library and taken to the university church for a two-hour program to close the Sabbath. The transcription, called the Seventieth Anniversary Bible, will be exhibited in the Ellen G. White Research Center on campus.
“What’s important about this activity is not the fact that we transcribed the Bible,” said Ismael Castillo, Montemorelos University president, “but the precious moments we had together with our Sovereign God.
“Our greatest desire is for the Word of God to become the foundation of our daily devotional life.”
—reported by Benjamin Garcia/IAD Staff